The pineal gland is one of the most mysterious organs in the body.
As a tiny pea-sized mass in the center of the brain, the pineal gland produces the hormone melatonin which helps to regulate our sleep cycles and reproductive hormones. But before science found its practical function, the pineal gland had much more mystical roots.
For thousands of years the pineal gland within our brains has been known as “the third eye,” also referred to as the ajna chakra. The third eye chakra, according to Hindu tradition, is responsible for conscience, spiritual consciousness, intuition and insight. In her book “Awaken Your Third Eye,” Doctor Susan G. Shumsky writes that the pineal gland has been referred to in many different ways in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine, as well as in Druidic, Judaic, Islamic, Taoist, Mayan, Tibetan, Egyptian, Greek and Aboriginal cultures.
Common names that describe the pineal gland in ancient and modern times include “eye of Horus,” “all-seeing eye,” “mind’s eye,” “divine eye,” “sixth/ajna/brow chakra,” “third eye,” and “eye of God.”
French mathematician, writer and philosopher, Rene Descartes (1596-1650), wrote in his book “Treatise of Man”:
My view is that this gland [the pineal gland] is the principal seat of the soul, and the place in which all thoughts are formed.
Since then, psychiatrist, researcher and author of the book “DMT: The Spirit Molecule” Rick Strassman has theorized that the pineal gland actually produces DMT. DMT, or Dimethyltryptamine (nicknamed the “Spirit Molecule”), is a natural hallucinogen that produces extraordinary visions and mystical states of consciousness.